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Clean Slate ( Coup de torchon ) (1982) Movie Information

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Bertrand Tavernier


Philippe Noiret
Isabelle Huppert
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Stéphane Audran
Eddy Mitchell
Guy Marchand





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One of my favorite movies where everyone goes wild. Isabelle Huppert's performance is standout. However, it was early in her career. (MINOR SPOILER: Her husband is physically aggressive with her at one point. This was strange, because in all her later films, she is the aggressor). Stephane Audran is also noteworthy.

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The worm that turns

Jim Thompson’s novel Pop 1280. is transposed by Bertarnd Tavernier from its deep south setting to a small town in colonial French West Africa where Philippe Noiret is the apathetic chief of police. The change of location may seem drastic but it’s handled flawlessly. The racism of the French is shown to be just as vile as that of the rednecks in the original story.

In the book Thompson eschews his brutal hard-boiled style in favour of a black comedy verging on farce, though there is a typical Thompson denouement. This all works a treat thanks to a very sharp script and Noiret’s superb performance as the worm that turns, seriously reducing the population in the process. Two cornerstones of French cinema also pitch in: Stephane Audran as his brazen two-timing wife and Isabelle Huppert as ...

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